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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Reds fan pays off gross chili-chugging bet following unexpected trade

It isn’t easy being a Cincinnati Reds fan these days. The storied franchise that once dominated Major League Baseball during stretches of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, just completed its fifth consecutive losing season.

When the going gets tough, fans understandably get angry and anxious. And when sports fans reach that state of angst, regrettable promises are more likely to follow.

That’s how we would classify this situation regarding a Reds fan who was so desperate to see the team trade Homer Bailey during the offseason, he promised to shotgun three cans of cold Skyline Chili once a trade was completed.

What’s worse: Being a Reds fan and getting driven to do strange things like this, or being Joey Votto and stuck on the Reds?

 

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bets, fans, reds

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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 09:53 AM (#5803999)
I think Votto likes it on the Reds, for whatever reason. He's indicated that he doesn't want to waive his no-trade.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 10, 2019 at 10:12 AM (#5804013)
I know it has nothing to do with the larger point of the article, but it doesn't give me a lot of confidence when the writer refers to the Reds as having "dominated Major League Baseball" during the 80s, when they never even appeared in a single playoff game during that decade.
   3. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 10, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5804026)
Did anyone else not know about Joey Votto’s apparent amazing ability to avoid infield pop ups?

Like, he’s reportedly never popped out to a catcher, pitcher, or first baseman in his big league career.
He didn’t have a single infield fly ball in 2018 (the MLB average was 10.3% of PA). Fangraphs has him with 16 on his career (1.1%).

(There was also chatter in 2012 how he’d only once ever pull-fouled a ball into the stands in his career and that Votto remembered the play.)

   4. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 10:34 AM (#5804039)
Cincinnati-style chili is disgusting. Cinnamon? Really?
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: January 10, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5804051)
So the guy sucked 20% out of each can?
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5804072)
Cinnamon? Really?


You can make a tomato-based dish with cinnamon that tastes good. There are some Greek recipes like that, for example.

But Skyline is vile.
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 11:11 AM (#5804073)
Did anyone else not know about Joey Votto’s apparent amazing ability to avoid infield pop ups?


I didn't but that's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 10, 2019 at 11:27 AM (#5804081)
it doesn't give me a lot of confidence when the writer refers to the Reds as having "dominated Major League Baseball" during the 80s, when they never even appeared in a single playoff game during that decade.

Technically he said "stretches" of the '80s. There were probably weeks in 1985 to 1988 where the Reds truly dominated! But more seriously, the Reds did have the best record in the NL by four games in 1981. But the split-season format brought on by the strike kept them out of the playoffs.
   9. salvomania Posted: January 10, 2019 at 03:46 PM (#5804274)
the Reds did have the best record in the NL by four games in 1981. But the split-season format brought on by the strike kept them out of the playoffs.

That was the year the two teams with the best record in the NL, and each with the best record in their division, did not qualify for the postseason.
   10. Master of the Horse Posted: January 10, 2019 at 03:57 PM (#5804281)
But does Joey Votto like Skyline??
   11. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 05:46 PM (#5804314)
I know this topic (chili) has been discussed ad nauseum, both here and elsewhere, but chili is not a zero sum selection. I do like skyline (4-way)from time to time, and acknowledge it is on an end of the chili spectrum. I've never bought the can, or frozen skyline though.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 10, 2019 at 06:08 PM (#5804329)
I just wonder which end it came out, and how quickly.
   13. Traderdave Posted: January 10, 2019 at 06:48 PM (#5804345)
I just wonder which end it came out


Hard to say, it looks the same out of either.
   14. TDF, trained monkey Posted: January 10, 2019 at 07:26 PM (#5804355)
I know it has nothing to do with the larger point of the article, but it doesn't give me a lot of confidence when the writer refers to the Reds as having "dominated Major League Baseball" during the 80s, when they never even appeared in a single playoff game during that decade.
As a fan, I agree that they didn't dominate during the '80s.

But they had the best record in MLB in '81; they missed the playoffs because they finished 2nd in the division in both halfs of the season (they were also in 1st in '94 when the season was cancelled).

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